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Waterbury Company Gets Nearly $28 Million in Punitives in IP Case

By Christian Nolan |

A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded a Waterbury-based printing business what plaintiffs lawyers believe is the largest punitive damages award in the state's history.

Several Conn. Firms Announce Partnership Promotions

By Jay Stapleton |

As always, the new year has brought changes to partership ranks in Connecticut law firms as well as national firms that have offices in the state.

Judge's Order Gives Lawyer 237 Years to Pay Malpractice Judgment

By Jay Stapleton |

A former New Haven lawyer has been ordered to pay a $431,000 debt he owed to a former client at a rate of $35 per week. At that rate, it would take about 237 years for the debt to be fully paid.

John Rose Jr.

Two Connecticut Cities Look to Hire Top Lawyers

By Jay Stapleton |

As the top legal officers in their Connecticut communities, corporation counsel need to have a broad range of skills.

NRA Takes Aim at Connecticut Judicial Nominee

By Jay Stapleton |

It goes without saying that the issue of gun rights now plays a role in many elections, ranging from legislative races to congressional campaigns. Now Second Amendment advocates are taking aim at another type of candidate—those nominated for judgeships.

Peter Nolin, Isa Squicciarini, Howard Levine

Power Trio: One Firm Boasts Three Bar Presidents

By Karen Ali |

It is just a coincidence that presidents of three local bar associations come from one law firm, Waterbury-based Carmody Torrance Sendak & Hennesey. But the leaders of the Waterbury, New Haven County and Fairfield County bar groups use that coincidence in their favor.

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Norm Pattis: Decline in Judicial Power Results in Renegade Juries

By Norm Pattis |

Power, Moises Naim tells us, is everywhere on the decline: whether in the realm of corporations, the effective military reach of the state, or religion—leaders don't have the unquestioned clout they once enjoyed.

Michael Jones

Lawyer Won’t Halt Search for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

By Christian Nolan |

It's been nearly a decade and the parents of George Smith IV still don't know what happened to their son who disappeared during his honeymoon cruise in 2005.

Attorney Gets Six Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

By Jay Stapleton |

A Woodbridge attorney was sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to pay nearly $400,000 in taxes over a six-year period.

Kim Rinehart

Judge Rules 'Female Viagra' Fax Didn't Break Federal Law

By Jay Stapleton |

The fax machine in the doctor's office hummed to life and spit out an invitation to dinner. But when Dr. Jose Martinez, of Physician's Health Source Inc. in Cincinnati looked at the invite, what he saw was something he considered an unsolicited advertisement for treatment of sexual dysfunction in women.

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Mark Dubois: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie Hebdo

By Mark Dubois |

The shock waves from the killings at the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo continue. After the newspaper sold millions of copies of its first edition after the massacre, riots tore apart cities in francophone North Africa where the remnants of French colonialism continue to be felt.

Allen Gary Palmer

It's Time to Reset the System

By Allen Gary Palmer |

I spent a substantial part of the first 25 years of my law career representing the interests of children whose families were in crisis. I probably have appeared in family court, juvenile court or probate court for more than 150 children, either as attorney for minor children (AMC) or as guardian ad litem (GAL).

Governor Withdraws Judicial Reappointment Following Racial Bias Claim

By Jay Stapleton |

A 79-year-old judge trial referee will not be reappointed after he was accused of racial bias in a civil case.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Charlie Hebdo, Intolerance and the Case for Free Speech

By Dan Krisch |

Je suis Charlie—but too much of the world, I fear, is not. In the aftermath of the murders at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, grief has given way to controversy over its two covers since the attack.

National Law Firm Doubles Connecticut Footprint

By Staff Report |

A national law firm has doubled its Connecticut presence. The 12-office, 200-attorney firm of Goldberg Segalla has added four attorneys to its Hartford office, boosting the headcount to eight lawyers, according to the firm's website.

Updated: Supreme Court Rejects Appeals in Prior-Restraint Case

By THOMAS SCHEFFEY |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a prior-restraint case involving a divorcing parent who sought to block publication of an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Medical Worker Wins $139,000 Verdict For Crash Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was rear-ended and injured her neck turned down a $7,000 offer to settle her lawsuit and was rewarded with a jury verdict in Hartford of nearly $139,000.

Editorial: State's Sex Offender Registry Needs Revisions

The Connecticut Sex Offender Registry has some 5,600 registrants. This boggles the mind. Is there any way to determine which of the people on the registry really is dangerous, or a real threat to the community? The answer is no!

Supreme Court Dismisses Appeals in Law Tribune Prior Restraint Case

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

The state Supreme Court will not take up an appeal filed by a divorcing parent who was seeking to block publication of an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Arnold H. Rutkin and Alexander J. Cuda

Conn. Supreme Court Restricts Alimony, Limits Discretion

By Arnold H. Rutkin and Alexander J. Cuda |

The Connecticut Supreme Court's decision in Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014), places landmark restrictions on the rights of alimony payees. The court has changed the terms of existing alimony agreements and orders, and bypassed the Connecticut Legislature in limiting the equitable authority granted to trial judges by statute.

Tara Duga

Alimony in Connecticut: A Rudderless Ship

By Tara C. Dugo |

The term alimony was first introduced to Connecticut statutes in 1877. Until its revision in 1973, the statute only authorized a husband to pay alimony to a wife. In 1973, the alimony statute was revised to become gender neutral.

Ruling in Complex Lease Case Shuts Down Conn. Service Stations

By Christian Nolan |

In the aftermath of a complicated legal dispute over leases, subleases and sub-subleases, the state's highest court has ruled that eight Connecticut service stations have to close shop.

Lawsuit Claims DOC Employment Test Discriminates Against Women

By Christian Nolan |

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a woman who claims that the state Department of Corrections have been using an unlawful physical fitness test to screen out candidates for corrections officer jobs.

Ron Robillard and Valicia Harmon

Arsenic Case Pits Privacy Rights Versus Historical Research

By Thomas B. Sheffey |

The inspiration for the theatrical and Hollywood productions of "Arsenic and Old Lace" is former Windsor nursing home proprietor Amy Archer Gilligan, believed to be Connecticut's most notorious female serial killer.

Jeffrey Dressler

Lawyer Relishes Role in Hartford-Based Movie

By Christian Nolan |

Jeffrey Dressler had no prior acting experience, unless you count the Hartford attorney's courtroom theatrics over the course of a 36-year career.

Ellen B. Lubell and Kelly A. Scott

Alimony Decision May Have Unintended Consequences

By Ellen B. Lubell and Kelly A. Scott |

Dan v. Dan, decided on Dec. 16, by a unanimous Connecticut Supreme Court, has generated an unusual degree of controversy and resulted in numerous heated discussions among family lawyers.

Updated: $5 Million Settlement Not the End of Fatal Fire Case

By Christian Nolan |

A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Stamford home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Attorney Renee Bauer

Consciously Uncoupling: The New Divorce

By Renee C. Bauer |

Breaking up. Splitting up. Dissolving the marriage. Each phrase exudes destruction, the death of a marriage. Perhaps a change in perception can change the course of the divorce for a couple who does not wish to spiral into the chaos of litigation.

Richard Molot and Michelle McConaghy

Conn. Federal Prosecutors Named to Leadership Roles

By Christian Nolan |

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has named two prosecutors to leadership posts in its Civil Division.

Controversial Catholic Group Appeals Ruling That It Defrauded Donors

By Christian Nolan |

A religious monastery in Ashford is challenging a $278,000 damages award levided against it, arguing that it did not misrepresent itself as affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church when a couple gave a $200,000 donation for a new chapel.

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Mark Dubois: YouTube, Snapchat and the Murky Waters of Legal Advertising

By Mark Dubois |

Though I am very unlikely to do any of them, I now understand that to communicate with another you can email, tweet, retweet, subtweet, poke, chat, snap, vine, pin, post, YouTube and a host of other things that seemingly change daily.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LITIGATION DEPARTMENTS OF THE YEAR AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking nominations for its annual Litigation Departments of the Year awards.

Family Law

Some of the topics in the family law special section: conscious uncoupling, putting children's needs first, the legislature addressing alimony, a magna carta study, post-judgement alimony modification, and more.

Stamford solo Dori Hightower

History, Bar Associations and Family Law

By Dori B. Hightower |

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The American Bar Association and Law Library of Congress are celebrating this anniversary with a traveling exhibit that will educate lawyers and nonlawyers alike about the history of the development of the "rule of law."

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Norm Pattis: The High Risk of Flat-Fee Billing

By Norm Pattis |

Those of us walking on the wild side of the law are bemused that large firms are turning to flat-fee billing in order to keep legal fees down. Small firms have survived with flat-fee billing for a long time. Few clients can afford to pay hourly fees. But can law firms afford to survive on flat fees?

Josephine Smalls Miller

CHRO Complaint Alleges Judicial Bias Against Civil Rights Attorney

By Jay Stapleton |

Three clients of a civil rights attorney who was sanctioned last summer for bringing a false discrimination claim against the Bridgeport Board of Education have filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Transgender Police Officer Files Discrimination Suit Against City

By Jay Stapleton |

A transgender police officer who was fired from her job with the Middletown Police Department has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city.

Hartford Brewer Prevails — More or Less — in IP Battle Over Beer Name

By Christian Nolan |

A settlement has taken the steam out of an intellectual property dispute between two breweries. No money will change hands, but a Hartford craft beer maker has prevailed in the sense that it won't have to change the name of its product.

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Norm Pattis: Boston Bombing Leads to Deeper Thinking About Death Penalty

By Norm Pattis |

I've been reading the press reports about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's jury selection in Boston with a growing sense of ambivalence. Tsarnaev, you will recall, is the surviving suspect in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon.

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Environmentalists To Sue Feds in Attempt to Preserve Island

By Jay Stapleton |

Barely 10 miles off the Connecticut coastline, in the cold waters of Long Island Sound, the rocks and dunes of Plum Island serve as the winter home for several hundred harbor and gray seals.

Ex-WWE Employee Files Lawsuit Over Wrestler's Alleged Attack

By Law Tribune Staff |

As everyone over the age of 10 knows, pro wrestling events are staged and scripted. The winner is pre-determined. And the violence isn't real.

Updated: $5 Million Settlement Reached in Fatal Christmas Fire

By Associated Press |

A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Stamford home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit by paying the children's father $5 million.

Plaintiffs Allege Hospital Aide Has Sexually Assaulted Hundreds of Patients

A former patient has filed a lawsuit against St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport after claiming to have been sexually assaulted by a former nursing assistant.

Law Tribune Seeks Insurance Law, Banking and Finance Articles

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking lawyer-written articles for several upcoming special practice section.